Lillian H. Erickson, 87, of Decorah, and formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at her home in Decorah. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo, with Rev. Jim Knudson officiating. Burial is in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.  Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Thursday after 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com. Organist is Deb Knudson. Hymns are “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Softly and Tenderly” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Casket bearers are all of her grandchildren.

Lillian Harriet (Henry) Erickson was born Oct. 31, 1926, to Herman Walter and Minnie Ottilia (Johnson) Henry in New Market Township, rural Lakeville, Minn. She graduated from Lakeville High School with the Class of 1945. Lillian was united in marriage with Richard J. Erickson July 19, 1947, at Christiana Lutheran Church in New Market Township, Minn. Their union was blessed with three daughters: Gail, Karen and Julie. Lillian, Richard and their family lived in Waterloo. She worked as a teacher’s associate in the Waterloo School System for many years. She was a long time and active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Lillian moved to Decorah in 2004 and then became a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She loved to cook and bake, liked to read and especially liked to watch the Chicago Cubs. The high point of her summers was her family’s vacation at the lake.  

Lillian is survived by one brother, Lester Henry of Lakeville, Minn.; her three daughters: Gail (Jim) Howatt of Decorah, Karen (Leonard) Thielbar of Lonsdale, Minn. and Julie (Andy) Wyckoff of Decorah; seven grandchildren: Gene (Brenda) Thielbar, Andrea (Mark) Zellner, Rich (Amber) Thielbar, Matt Thielbar, Theresa (Mark) Ulmer, Thomas Wyckoff and Kelsey Wyckoff; nine great-grandchildren: Alex Ulmer, Miles Ulmer, Eric, Henry and Grant Thielbar, Alyssa Zellner, Karisa Johnson, Troy and Tori Anderson; one great-great granddaughter, Morgan Blanch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard J. Erickson, July 7, 1987; five sisters; Myrtle Sorenson, Hazel Tonsager, Verna Blesener, Mabel Lovejoy Peters and Ida Madson; and by two brothers, Wallace Henry and Robert Henry.